Tanabata

A Japanese holiday to thank 2 deities, Orihime and Hikoboshi

Tanabata's Meaning

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival which originated from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of two deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. The Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunar calendar.

What you do?

In Tanabata you write on tanzaku paper (colorful stripes of paper) and hang them on bamboo branches as a tradition. Tanabata started 2,000 years ago from a Chinese tale.

The Story

Long ago, there was a princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi. As of playing all the time and forgot about their jobs. The king was angry at them and separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way). The king allowed them to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar.